US Continued Bombing Afghan Hospital Despite Doctors Without Borders Pleas.
UN slams ‘inexcusable’ Afghan hospital air strike that kills 19, including 3 kids and 12 doctors.
The U.S. military has been accused of launching a “horrific” attack on a hospital in Afghanistan.
The U.S. military admitted Saturday victims of an Afghan hospital bombing may have been “collateral damage” in its fight against the Taliban, while international NGO, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it couldn’t understand how the incident occurred in the first place. In the U.S, MSF is known as Doctors Without Borders.
The bombing took place overnight in the Afghan city of Kunduz, and left at least 12 MSF workers dead and another 37 people wounded.
The U.S. military has confirmed it conducted an airstrike in the city in the early hours of the morning, and says it’s investigating whether the MSF facility was hit.
“The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility,” Colonel Brian Tribus said in a statement.
The United Nations’ human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has condemned the bombing as “utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal.”
Hussein said the bombing must be independently investigated.
“The seriousness of the incident is underlined by the fact that, if established as deliberate in a court of law, an airstrike on a hospital may amount to a war crime,” he said.
MSF has responded to the incident by condemning the suspected U.S. bombing as “horrific,” and said U.S. and Afghan government forces should have been fully aware they were striking an aid site.
“MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities in Kunduz, including the hospital,” MSF stated.
The organization added that the bombardment of the hospital appeared to continue even after U.S. forces were contacted by MSF.
“The bombing in Kunduz continued for more than 30 minutes after American and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed by MSF that its hospital was struck,” MSF said.
The incident has shaken the international medical group, which has treated hundreds of people injured in fighting in Kunduz this week.
MSF has stated its hospital is now in ruins.
“We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” said MSF operations director Bart Janssens.
A caretaker for the MSF hospital said 3 children were among the civilians killed in the bombardment.
“I could hear them screaming for help inside the hospital while it was set ablaze by the bombing. We are terrified and speechless,” he said.
This week Kunduz has seen some of the fiercest fighting in Afghanistan for months, after Afghan government forces launched an assault on Taliban positions in the city.
The government says it has retaken much of the city, though on social media Taliban supporters have claimed the militant group remains in control of most of Kunduz.
R E L A T E D :
Is the U.S. still using propaganda claims that the Syrian government is willingly bombing hospitals? Or that it uses “dumb bombs” or “barrel bombs” that cause “collateral damage”? Will its proxies prepare more fake videos that allegedly show such bombings?
Well, it is time to end that nonsense because the hypocrisy is now too obvious:
Kabul, October 3, 2015: At 2:10 AM local time on Saturday October 3, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Trauma center in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged.
Three MSF staff are confirmed dead and more than 30 are unaccounted for.
Since fighting broke out on Monday, MSF has treated 394 wounded. When the aerial attack occurred this morning we had 105 patients and their caretakers in the hospital and over 80 MSF international and national staff present.
MSF’s hospital is the only facility of its kind in the whole northeastern region of Afghanistan, providing free life- and limb-saving trauma care. MSF doctors treat all people according to their medical needs and do not make distinctions based on a patient’s ethnicity, religious beliefs or political affiliation.
A video of the aftermath shows that the MSF clinic is a single, large building with a large courtyard and walled off from the surrounding.
This was no accidental hit by a “dumb bomb” but multiple willful targeting with “smart” bombs:
MSF International @MSF
All parties to conflict, including in Kabul & Washington, were clearly informed of precise GPS coordinates of our facilities in #Kunduz
MSF International @MSF
Precise location of our #Kunduz hospital communicated to all parties on multiple occasions over past months, including on 9/29
MSF International @MSF
Bombing continued for >30 minutes after American & Afghan military officials in Kabul & Washington first informed of proximity to hospital.
The total number of confirmed dead is currently creeping up with some saying that it will reach over 50.
Meanwhile the U.S. and the Saudis are tussling over who of them was responsible for designating a wedding in Yemen as an air attack target thereby killing over 130 people.
The U.S. and others (note: not Jordan(!) which seems to have left the anti-Syrian coalition) are whining that the Russian air force targets al-Qaeda CIA mercenaries and are begging to end that. Why exactly it should do so is not said.
Obama said yesterday that he will not get into a proxy fight with Russia over Syria. But the measures he announced, more weapons to the opposition, more bombing runs, point exactly into that direction. But with protection from the Russian air force and air defense the causing of “collateral damage” to the Syrian government, like to the MFS clinic, will be a bit more complicate.
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